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Circus Academy: Wheel Around the Warehouse

Circus Academy: Wheel Around the Warehouse

Location: Museum Collections Centre

14th September 2014 - 14th September 2014

Join us this Summer for some circustastic fun and games across 5 of our 9 sites! We are holding Circus Academies at Thinktank, Aston Hall, Soho House, Blakesley Hall and the Museum Collections Centre and you can work with professional circus performers to try out many different skills, see performances and even star in a show.

We are working with local circus company CircusMASH to bring you Circus Academy this Summer and  this page will be updated as the plans develop to give you a Summer to remember.

Table

Date Venue Academy
29 July Thinktank The Science of Circus
13 August Aston Hall Acrobats and Free-runners
21 August Soho House Judicious Jugglers Society
28 August Blakesley Hall Wired Up Gardens
14 Sept Museum Collections Centre Wheel Around the Warehouse

Please come back soon for more updates!

Thinktank

Thinktank - The Science of Circus

Dr Ken Circus Roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force like a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it!!! This is the first of a five part Circus Academy across the sites of Birmingham Museums. Join us for a Summer of circus skills and performances and uncover some of the hidden treasures within the city.
  • 11:00 & 11:30 Circus workshops (Science Garden)
  • 12:30 Science of Circus show (Thinktank Theatre)
  • 14:00 & 14:30 Circus workshops (Science Garden)
  • 15:30 Science of Circus show (Thinktank Theatre)

FREE to Thinktank ticket holders

Aston

Aston Hall - Acrobats and Free-runners

Aston Hall acrobats Come to the incredible Aston Hall and experience free-running, tricking, tumbling, break dancing and acro-balancing. Learn how to do it from the professionals, see some incredible performances and maybe even take part in your own show as part of our audience showcase.
  • 13:00 - Parkour Performance
  • 13:15 - Workshops
  • 14:00 - Parkour and Acro Performance
  • 14:30 - Workshops
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

FREE to all

Soho

Soho House- Judicious Jugglers Society

Soho Plate Spinning As the founding members of the Lunar Society juggled ideas, you will learn how to juggle, spin and balance. From juggling to poi to plate spinning, you will learn some of the classics of the circus world and show off your new found skills to the world!

  • 13:00 - Juggling Performance 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Juggling Performance 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

FREE to all

Blakesley

Blakesley Hall- Wired Up Gardens

Globe walking The opening of Wired Up Gardens will begin with a surreal moving statue garden, with Tight Wire, Slack Line, Globe and Rola Bola. See how the professionals do it, then learn the same skills yourself in the workshops and maybe even share your successes with the audience.

  • 13:00 - Moving statue garden 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Tight wire and Slack line Performances 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - Audience Showcase

FREE to all

MCC

MCC- Whirling Wheels Warehouse

MCC wheels circus Join us at the Collections Centre for the finale to the Circus Academy and an event full of drama and intrigue. See the professionals take show off their skills on the German Wheel, learn how to unicycle or hula hoop, and see the incredible finale from CircusMASH.

  • 13:00 - German and Cyr Wheel Performances 
  • 13:15 - Workshops 
  • 14:00 - Aerial and Hula Hoop Performance 
  • 14:15 - German and Cyr Wheel Performance 
  • 14:30 - Workshops 
  • 15:00 - CircusMASH Finale 

FREE to all


During the afternoon, there will be a prize draw for people who have taken part in at least 3 of the Circus Academy venues.